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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Modern American

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

Zoe, aren't you the same idiot who complained they did not appreciate your dog at the Tattooed Moose? Why do you bring your pet to restaurants that are meant for humans? Can't get a date? Leave your mutt at home, try and enjoy a nice place to eat in Charleston, and stop boring us with your stupid comments that have nothing to do with the food or wait service at these places. If you are not the same stupid bitch that complained about Tattoed Moose, I apologize. You are a standout idiot.

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Posted by localhutch on January 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Re: “The Macintosh

I tried the Macintosh during Restaurant Week 2013 and thought everything was really well done. The Orange Ghost and Honey Badger cocktails were inventive without being precious, and the server was professional and enthusiastic. The portion sizes were surprisingly large for a 3/$30 menu. I had a beautiful carrot salad and the seasonal vegetable plate, which was even better the next day.

Posted by Dillon Lights on January 28, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

I really adore the food at this place; it's comforting and unpretentious but there's enough imagination in it to keep things interesting. It's true that the service isn't especially smooth, but it's never detracted from my experiences and the waitstaff is always, at least, pleasant. The vegetable stew is one of my favorite things to eat in Charleston.

Posted by Dillon Lights on January 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room

My husband and I were disappointed when we went to Stars for restaurant week. The rooftop bar charges for ice which is absurd, the hostess was rude, and the computer system went out during our meal which the server really didn't seem to care that all of his section was waiting for tabs to pay. Not even an apology or an offer of a glass of wine while we wait. The folks next to us were waiting when we got seated and were still waiting along with us. A very cold reception at best.

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Posted by April Skinner on January 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Re: “The Grocery

Wow, wow, wow! I was initially intimidated by the set up of the Grocery's menu, but a friend had been raving about it, so we broke down and went for restaurant week. So glad we did! After reviewing the menu options, we opted to order off the regular menu. The clam appetizer with merguez sausage is an excellent combination of flavors. The bacon wrapped duck breast combined two of my favorite things flawlessly, without seeming fatty. My only complaint is that there wasn't more butternut squash! For dessert, the Banana Pudding Parfait was a perfectly elevated rendition of a southern classic. The Churros, which the server mentioned was the signature dessert, were awesome, and big enough to share. Not only was the food outstanding, but the service was impeccable. We will definitely be back!

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Posted by frannybnanny on January 15, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

Food: 5 stars
Drinks: 5 stars
Service: 1.5 stars
Atmosphere: 1 star

The food was worth the drive from Goose Creek. The Spanish Sunrise was a perfect brunch beverage and the coffee was nutty, rich, and delicious. The service was slow and server's attitude was flippant and off-putting.

I am not a fan of the industrial/warehouse setting but I understand it is a design trend. It feels unfinished and unwelcoming and cold.

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Posted by danadominata on January 14, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room

I love getting a delicious grilled steak and oysters bulls bay!

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Posted by Jessica Roberts on December 29, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Re: “The Lot

This is my new favorite resurant. I could eat here every night and not get tired of it. The food is fresh, local, and prepared with a lot of thought. The price is appropriate for the quality of the food and much less than similar food downtown. I loved El Bohio but I CRAVE The Lot!

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Posted by Linnea Roumillat on December 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

Finally a JI spot with clean food, good drinks, and laid back scene. Thanks Devin and staff for almost a year of friendly dining. Grab a seat at the bar and assure your stay will pass by like hot cocoa in the fetal position watching the snow pass in the cascade mountains.

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Posted by tealavenue11 on November 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Leaf and Bar

Leaf is a great place to eat and drink with excellent service. Contrary to popular belief, there are not that many "great" restaurants in Charleston, just a lot of them that would like you to think they are.

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Posted by The Super Saturn on November 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

These folks have it nailed! The service was spot on as soon as we walked in the door. It is a cozy open room with an eclectic/rustic decor. But I can tell that thought went in to every aspect of it. Right down to the re-used cork from a wine bottle used to hold a card with daily specials. The tables had vases with flowers and herbs in them, each one different than the next. The restaurant is owned and operated by a young couple. She came over and asked if it was our first time visiting and we confirmed that was. She then went through the menu with us, noting new items that had been added for the season. Our server was gracious and knowledgeable, and not over bearing or flippant. I could tell she was sizing us up as to what kind of dinners we were. (We were enjoying a nice dinner out as newlyweds). She defiantly adjusted her service style to accommodate us. She was quietly efficient but ready to answer any question or request.

The food was great, well priced and perfectly seasoned. I will say, that I really like escargot prepared the old fashioned way. No need to hide what it actually is in my opinion, so when that app came out pan fried I was a little disappointed. But other than that the food was spot on. From the pimento cheese dip down to the best mac-n-cheese I think Ive ever eaten. I had the fried chicken, which consisted of a breast, leg and thigh. It was perfect, light, crispy and not too greasy, with a hint of sweetness from the drizzle of local honey. The collards came in a separate pot, perfect for sharing, and they offered the vinegar on the side. Smart, because some folks don't like vinegar. I on the other hand love it and poured it right in. My husbands collards were so good that he actually had to stop me from helping myself to them. His country fried steak was also perfect. The beef is local and it really makes a difference. Sadly, we bith loved our entrees so much that we ate too much of them and had no room for the in house prepared desserts. Oh well, guess we will have to go back.

Long story, short. Great meal, great service and I didn't have that ripped off feeling when the bill came, that I get all too often at restaurants in the area.

Posted by breadgirl on November 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

Forgot to add...Two great restaurants in the Mt. Pleasant area : LANGDON'S and OPAL

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Posted by The Buckster on October 29, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

Use to go there pretty often.We frequent several Mt. Pleasant restaurants alot. My wife and I continue to go back to the same ones that we like.We will not go back to this one ever again.Service was fair but the food was horrible and way overpriced!I ordered a steak that was on par with The Waffle House(nothing vs them) for a quick steak and egg breakfast.Since the new chefs have taken over they have ruined this place. Many other people have noticed as well....This place needs to just become a bar because their food is HORRIBLE. I cannot even rate it since you do not have "negative" stars. I predict they will not be open as a restaurant within 6 months!!!!!

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Posted by The Buckster on October 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

I don't know which was worse, the service or the food. We've eaten here many times before and had great food and excellent service. Apparently they are under new management. We got there and they were out of half of all menu items saying, "They were switching to a new menu."

Then the food we got tasted like leftovers. Even the bread was stale. The server abandoned us for about 30 minutes. We finally asked the bartender to get us a check. I tried to ask one of the other servers but realized she was in the process of telling someone to "F* off." Her words, not mine. We finally got our bill & the waitress slung it on the table with attitude.


The time spent driving out there we could've had a great meal at a downtown restaurant.

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Posted by bb dell on October 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

We had our first dinner at Angel Oak Restaurant a couple of weeks ago and are returning for another delicious dinner this week. The buttermilk fried chicken was so succulent and juicy that all the other people dining with us wished it had been on their plates! I had the shrimp with homemade pasta that seemed to have been prepared especially the way that I like it!

Even though the place is small, the portions were more than enough to satisfy our appetites. As a matter of fact, I couldn't finish my entree because of the salad and appetizers which we could not resist having before our meal. Try Angel Oak Restaurant to enjoy a wonderful Southern meal and atmosphere. The meal is well worth the extra distance to get there!

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Posted by Marcia S. on October 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Two Boroughs Larder

I love this place. It offers delicious and creative food for the more adventurous foodie. I still dream about the noodle dishes.

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Posted by brewengineer on October 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Re: “The Lot

I have eaten more than a dozen dishes here since the opening and never fail to be impressed. Yes, you will pay more than El Bohio, but that is not a fair comparison. When was the last time you ate sausages made in-house? Pasta? I have tried things here that I would not have ordered anywhere else (Headcheese, it's incredible but needs to be shared as it is very rich). The same food downtown would cost quite a bit more.

Also, if you haven't tried it you must have the Poutine. Steak fries, chicken gravy, pork belly and fried cheese curds. Haven't had it this good since I last visited Canada.

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Posted by PoHo fan on October 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

So I tried this place out and it's a little out of the way for me. There were some things I enjoyed and some things I felt could be better.

There was a 4square special for checking in and getting a free snack. I got the fried green tomatoes as I like FGT. I agree with the person above who mentioned this could be more seasoned. The cornmeal breading was kind of meh (like Shake and Bake would've been better lol) and it seemed the definition of seasoning that was performed was dump some salt and pepper into one spot.
I tried the tuna next. This was very tasty. I was just not thrilled at the price associated. I'm just glad that they do half off apps on Tuesdays to mitigate this a bit.
I also tried the ricotta cheese. The honey that came with the cheese and toast was a nice compliment. The ricotta in general by itself does not tend to have a lot of flavor, so the honey gave it just enough to be a nice little snack.
For dinner I had the chicken. It came with collards and mac/cheese. There was nothing special about the mac and cheese (a lot of places in town seem to add some little flare to mac and cheese to make it more memorable for grown ups), but then again this was just a side, so I really shouldn't expect much. The collards were decent after they gave me some extra vinegar to add. I think a little bit of salt would have helped too. The chicken was ok. I think the light breading they used was to better emphasize the honey. It was not bad, but not something I'd rave about.
The service was reasonable. There were times where there were lulls and times where they were well on top of things. I was waited on by a cute server named Ashley. I would go back if she asked me to go back lol.

Angel Oak is about a 30 minute drive from my place. It needs to come up with some more innovation to conventional items if I want to just randomly decide to go there with any kind of frequency. It should do more than simply be a place that has items A, B and C. It should have an awesome and innovative take on items A, B and C if it wants to draw people from further out.

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Posted by TheBicep on October 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

We REALLY wanted to like this restaurant. We went in pumped up about them and ready to try out their lunch buffet. The buffet is the only option at lunch, and when we arrived, we found that there was very little selection. The meat choices - fried or baked chicken - (hope you like chicken!), with green beans, a "hoppin' Jane," and some sort of unidentified, dried up fruit dessert that was covered by paper towels to keep away the flies. The baked chicken was unappealing - it looked more like boiled chicken, with a grayish color - and the fried chicken was GONE. I waited over half an hour for the fried chicken to be replenished, and apparently, everyone else did, too. By the time it arrived on the buffet, I was too disgusted with the rest of my meal to even give it a try. My companion did, and said that it was the one edible thing on the buffet. The hoppin' Jane - a rice and lima bean mix - was a cold glob on my plate, but it was the only thing I managed to eat. The green beans had no flavor at all. I never salt my food, but I did that day. We left unsatisfied and still hungry. I have never been so reluctant to pay for a meal in my life. We had been hoping that this would become a regular on our restaurant rotation because it is close to home, but I wouldn't return to eat there if you paid me. SO disappointed. I don't want to give even one star.

Posted by ardentoak on October 3, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Re: “The Lot

Excellent service is a given (it is, after all, the sister of the lovely Pour House). My only complaint...and it is a lame one...is that they don't offer kind veggie burritos, kind grilled cheese, kind South Pas, etc. I was totally hoping that they would be offering "Parking Lot" food, but it was not to be. It's fresh, it's locally sourced, it's lovingly prepared...sure, it's a price bump, but, from what I hear, it's worth it. There *is* a bottom line to be met. Don't base your review on their price point, base it on your experience.

I do miss the damn best fries in Charleston, but if I want to bitch about it I'll bitch to the owners. All those I've spoken with that have eaten there give their new version five stars but I haven't had their fries yet. Perhaps once I go there for food instead of music and ambiance I'll come back and post a real review. Your mileage may vary.

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Posted by arteear01 on October 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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